Porcelain veneers are widely used to correct minor imperfections in the teeth. They are popular as they are non-intrusive and can be fitted with relative ease. However, porcelain veneers have more than just cosmetic value. They can indeed be used to manage certain dental conditions. In this article, we explain to you how porcelain veneers work and some of their non-medical uses.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin wafers of porcelain that are designed to cover a tooth in order to fix some slight anomalies. Although veneers can be made from a variety of materials, porcelain is popular as it does not stain easily, is strong and durable. Indeed, veneers tend to be a permanent solution for such problems. Veneers are also popular as they do not require surgery or any intrusive processes to get them fixed. Typically, they require only two or so visits to a dentist to get them done.
While most people use veneers for cosmetic purposes, here are some non-cosmetic benefits that you can get from porcelain veneers.
Strengthen your Teeth
Porcelain veneers are able to strengthen weak teeth, especially those that have a thin layer of enamel. This is the outer covering of the tooth that generally protects the inner layers of the teeth from damage. Enamel can be worn thin by a variety of agents. For example, people who consume a lot of fizzy drinks risk damaging their enamel as these drinks contain acids that can affect enamel. By using porcelain veneers, the weak enamel is shielded from damage, minimizing the damage to the tooth.
If your teeth are cracked or chipped, veneers are a great way to sort out this problem. This is not just for cosmetic purposes but can help keep your teeth healthy. This is because chipped or cracked teeth are particularly susceptible to bacterial attacks as these cavities create a natural breeding ground for bacteria. By using a veneer, these gaps are sealed and the bacteria is kept out.
In addition to sealing cracks, porcelain veneers also help to seal gaps between teeth. These gaps may be natural or may be due to the uneven growth of your teeth. Regardless of the reason, these gaps make it hard to clean your teeth properly and sometimes even act as reservoirs for bacteria that later attack your teeth. When you use a porcelain veneer to close such gaps, it makes it harder for food particles to lodge in these spaces and easier to clean your teeth properly.
In addition to all these benefits, porcelain veneers do indeed improve your smile. They help fix stained teeth, slight misalignment in your teeth, all of which help you get a great smile.
Dr. Alex Rubinov is an experienced dental practitioner in New York. The practice offers a range of services including teeth whitening, smile makeovers, cosmetic dentistry, and orthodontics, to name but a few. Contact the team at (718) 253-0800 for an appointment.